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How Do Bees Make Honey?

Drinking from 1,000 flowers might be enough to fill a honey bee’s stomach, but that may not be the stomach you’re thinking of. Bees have two different stomachs — one for digestion and one for nectar storage — and when they return to the hive, they pass the nectar among each other in a “game of regurgitation telephone” that helps transform it into honey…

This episode of It’s Okay to Be Smart is called How Do Bees Make Honey, but it also covers the waggle dance (pdf), honey bee castes, bee baby food, honey in Egyptian tombs, and more.

Plus, there’s more buzzing in the archives: The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds, How Bees See the Invisible, cutting honey combs and bottling honey by hand, and why do honeybees love hexagons?

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